Patent indemnification provisions are a fixture of modern contractual agreements for the exchange of technological goods. The indemnification clause, whether express or introduced by default via the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), essentially warrants that the contracted goods are free from claims of patent infringement. In the event of a claim of patent infringement, the indemnity clause obligates the Seller/Supplier to defend against the claim in some manner, typically funding the defense, or taking over responsibility for the defense effort.
While the body of law pertaining to contractual interpretation has remained largely unchanged in recent years, the passage of the America Invents Act (AIA) has altered the landscape as to patent defense practices. In particular, the battle against the dreaded patent troll has shifted more toward the post grant patent challenge proceedings of the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB). Since many multi-defendant disputes are shifting to the PTAB for resolution it is imperative that indemnitors account for this eventuality in their contractual agreements. Read the rest of this entry »